Entry #47 Jonah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving and Commitment
“But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving. What I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord.”
In this season of thanksgiving, it is easy to focus on what we do not have as compared to others. Living in a commercial, consumer based society discontentment is consistently created to promote sales in the economy. We are not told to be happy and thankful for what we have; we are always pushed to find ways to buy the newest, biggest, fastest products, whether we can afford it or not. Sometimes, it is difficult to see anything to be thankful for when all hell is breaking lose, or when we are in a storm in our lives. We cognitively know that God is with us, and that joy will come in the morning, but we feel like the night’s weeping endures for eternity. It even harder to be grateful when we see wicked people appear to be prosperous, wasting more that we can even attain. We may have even gotten off course like Prophet Jonah in the bible and ended up in a barren place that we brought upon ourselves. But we need to remember that God is with us in the darkness. He sees us in the distance, and will never leave us in the danger of our circumstances. In the hard times when we chose to offer God the sacrifice of praise from a desolate place, and when we make the commitment to obey God’s word, God will deliver us. Jonah’s prayer explains the depths of his misery, while transparently confessing that he was responsible for his predicament. He prays in the spirit using the word of God,vowing to walking the destiny God prepared for him, while acknowledging that God is his salvation. Just as Jonah received God’s grace and deliverance, when we are thankful for what God has already done, and for what we have left, God will deliver us too.